By: Contributor On: March 29, 2010 In: Learning English, Testing Comments: 2

The TSE exam is administered worldwide. If you’re a student or working professional who speaks English as a second language, you might be asked to take it!

It’s important to know what the TSE exam will be testing in order to be prepared. To give you a preliminary overview, we’ve compiled a brief explanation of the TSE exam.

What Is the TSE?

The Test of Spoken English (TSE) is a widely used assessment of spoken English and measures the ability and communication effectiveness of nonnative English speakers. The test is commonly used for employment, graduate assistantships, licensure and certification purposes.

Who Takes the TSE?

The TSE exam is usually taken by students (international students in the US or those learning English abroad) or working professionals who speak English as a second language. They are usually asked to take the TSE exam to gauge their ability to communicate effectively in English.

Who Accepts TSE Scores?

TSE exam scores are accepted by academic institutions, corporations, government agencies, health care systems and other organizations. They use the scores in decisions regarding graduate assistantships in teaching and research, employment, licensing and certification.

What Is the TSE Test Format?

The TSE exam uses several measures to evaluate your English-speaking abilities.  You will be asked to tell a story, describe a graph and answer questions. Narrating, recommending, persuading, and giving and supporting an opinion are all required of you.

The session will be recorded, and trained raters will determine your overall test score.


UPDATE: As of March 2010, the TSE has been retired and superseded by the speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT as well as by the SPEAK test.

Spread the love
0 0 vote
Article Rating
Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
18 days ago

What is the web site to register?

Chelsea at University Language
Reply to  natalia

Hi Natalia. The TSE exam is no longer offered. Instead, you can take the speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT. To learn more about the TOEFL visit our TOEFL guide page: